Road Rash Reviews

SAMURAI REINCARNATION [MAKAI TENSHŌ] (Masters of Cinema) Special Edition Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert 18 | 122 mins | 1981

4 Star
The Dead Are Out For Revenge.
From the writer/director that brought us classic genre defining films such as Tora! Tora! Tora! and Battle Royal, with Samurai Reincarnation he does it again in this fantasy horror. It has way out there ideas that tell the tale of the oppression and massacre of the Christian religion in the seventeenth century Japan. Crazy…more

REVENGE [ADAUCHI] (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert 15 | 104 mins | 1964

4 Star
Intense 18th Century Samurai’s
Japanese director Tadashi Imai (Mahiru no ankoku, Jun’ai monogatari) once again concentrates on the hardships in life. This time it is not so much the poor, but the struggles between Samurai hierarchy, with the difference between a noble house and one which is not so privileged, but just as proud. That is always a problem.
Our monochrome…more

RUN, MAN, RUN [Corri uomo corri] (Masters of Cinema) Limited Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert 12 | 120 mins | 1968

4 Star
Viva La Revolution.
Masters of Cinema have done it again with this restoration of Sergio Sollima‘s (Revolver, Violent City) 1968 Spaghetti Western. This limited edition (3000 copies) brings you the uncut version (120 mins), and the original 85-Minute release. From the harsh sunlight of the deserts through to the thick deep snow of the mountains, all for the biggest pay-out…more

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Review *****

Cert 12 | 63 mins | 1932

5 Star
Feel the Fear of the Prey.
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME comes from the short story of the same name by Richard Connell (Meet John Doe, Two Girls and a Sailor). This film differs from other films, as it was shot on the set of another film that was being made at the time, Merian C. Cooper‘s (The Four Feathers, The…more

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Masters of Cinema) Review ****-

Cert PG | 100 mins | 1923

4 Star
Chaney at his Best
This is the seventh adaptation of Victor Hugo‘s (Les Miserables, The Man Who Laughs) 1831 novel. Directed by Wallace Worsley (A Blind Bargain, The Man Who Fights Alone) who gets Chaney to deliver the performance of a lifetime. Once again, Eureka (Masters of Cinema) brings us this 1080p restoration on Blu-ray, a true classic film…more

Buster Keaton : The Saphead (Masters of Cinema) Review ****-

Cert U | 61 mins | 1920

4 Star
Keaton Kickstarts the Guffawing 20s
The Saphead is based on two plays, The Henrietta, 1887 (Bronson Howard) and The New Henrietta, 1913 (Victor Mapes), and due to Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro) Buster Keaton got his first starring role, under the direction of Herbert Blaché (The Million Dollar Robbery, The Star of…more

Man Without a Star (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert PG | 89 mins | 1955

4 Star
Cows, Guns and Barbed wire.
Before he turned to Russia for his epic movie War and Peace, director King Vidor (Solomon and Sheba, Lightning Strikes Twice) turned to the Wild West to make Man Without a Star with screen legend Kirk Douglas (A Letter To Three Wives, Champion, The Vikings) as the star. Set at the time of range wars,…more

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